For any Mother of the bride, deciding what colour to wear can be a tricky situation. With this week being all about Mum’s I wanted to share a little inspiration and a few ideas for any Mothers out there with a special wedding coming up (including you Mum!) Here’s a sprinkle of inspiration regarding that all important question, what colour should I wear?!
It’s always a good idea to begin by discussing with the Mother of the Groom to agree on what colour you are both thinking of wearing (don’t want a pair of book ends on the wedding photos!) follow that up with a pow-wow with the bride to find out what colour(s) the bridesmaids are wearing. Having a consistent and complimentary colour/ mood will help keep create a well-rounded and stylish affair and save you from turning up to a boho beach wedding wearing black.
A complimentary neutral:
Navy blue, tones of grey, camel tones….whatever the choice of neutrals in the wedding colour scheme, picking out complimentary neutral colours for your outfit can ooze elegance and sophistication. Celebrity Mothers-of-the-bride that show just how timeless and elegant a well chosen neutral can be are Mary Steenburgen in her stunning deep navy blue which picks out the flowers in her daughters dress without being overly ‘matchy-matchy’ and this warm charcoal grey worn number by Susan Sarandon, the warm dark grey compliments Sarandon’s skin tone and auburn hair whilst the lace yoke panel reflects the beautiful brides dress.
Is there a particular metallic accent colour running through the scheme?
Soft gold, deep bronze, silver, champagne, oyster, pearl or gunmetal grey? In any successful colour palette a metallic highlight will go a long way, be it interiors, fashion or a wedding colour palette. Quite often camps are divided by gold and silver, some brides may loathe silver and only ever wear gold. Find out if there’s a particular metallic being used for decorations, invitations or for the bridesmaid’s shoes. Metallics can be a great way to introduce a splash of glitz to your ensemble. If you fear bold colours and opt to wear cream you may like to liven up your outfit by wearing gold accessories.
Can I wear white?
This all depends on the bride. If the whole bridal party is wearing white or ivory then it’s a given. If you opt for a cocktail length and the bride is wearing floor length this gives a sense of individuality and will look fabulous photographed next to the bride on the big day. Beyonce’s mum Tina Knowles carries off white beautifully and looks great complimenting her partners ensemble. Matching the Father of the bride is a great way to create a sense of togetherness.
Monochromatic dressing or ‘one colour dressing’ is when you choose to wear seperates and accessories in one colour or shades of that colour that offer different textures and layers. Wearing one color head to toe is a great way to elongate your figure and create a look that is both formal and stylish. Wearing one colour is a popular choice for the Royal Family and can be seen pulled off by Kate Middleton’s mum Carole at the most recent royal wedding. Wearing one colour head to toe can look elegant and considered.
The most comprehensive range of Mother of the bride wear that I have found is at John Lewis where you can shop a variety of high-street stores easily all in one place. A few other places you may consider looking are L K Bennet, Hobbs, Jaeger, Fenn Wright Manson, Coast and Adrianna Papell.
Hopefully some of these suggestions and ideas will spark some inspiration for that special wedding. I’ll be sharing more wedding inspiration along my journey as September draws nearer!